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It Takes Management To Enjoy Life   4 comments

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“It takes management to enjoy life. I enjoy it twice as much as others, for the measure of
enjoyment depends on the greater or lesser attention that we lend it. Especially at this
moment, when I perceive that mine is so brief in time, I try to increase it in weight; I try
to arrest the speed of its flight by the speed with which I grasp it and to compensate for
the haste of its ebb by my vigor in using it. The shorter my possession of life, the deeper
and fuller I must make it.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“Nature Has No Need Of Fortune”   Leave a comment

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“We are great fools.  He has spent his life in idleness,” we say;
“I have done nothing today.”
What, have you not lived?
That is not only the fundamental but the most illustrious of your occupations.
“If I had been placed in a position to manage great affairs,
I would have shown what I could do.”
Have you been able to think out and manage your own life?
You have done the GREATEST TASK OF ALL.
To show and exploit her resources Nature has no need of fortune;
she shows herself equally on all levels and behind a curtain as well as without one.
To compose our character is our duty,
NOT TO COMPOSE BOOKS,
AND TO WIN,
NOT BATTLES AND PROVINCES,
BUT ORDER AND TRANQUILITY IN OUR CONDUCT.
Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately.
ALL OTHER THINGS,
ruling,  hoarding, building,  are only little appendages and props, AT MOST.”

— from the essay, Of Experience by Michel de Montaigne

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